December 5, 2017

Fu Rong Pan Mee Kopitiam 芙蓉板面 @MJC, Kuching

Address: AF 101, Ground Floor, Batu Kawa New Township, 93250 Kuching, Sarawak.
Business hours: 6:00am - 1:30pm Wednesday - Monday (Tuesday off)

Pan mee is one of my favourite food. As the soup tastes light with fragrance and sweetness of cangkuk manis (star gooseberry), I never grow bored of this dish. But there are a few vendors used chicken breast meat to replace the pork mince now. The taste was not as great and I don't appreciate the 'modified' version of pan mee. For me, authentic pan mee should have deep-fried anchovies, star gooseberry, pork mince and freshly kneaded noodle. Some of you might like to have egg in soup, but not me. The egg york spoils the original taste of the soup base.

I have read this Fu Rong Pan Mee in FB. Many responded and flooded with compliments. I came here first time with my bro, the vendor told me the waiting time is one hour. It was too long to wait for my bro, so we detoured to other place. On second visit I came here with my mum, bro and his wife-to-be. Phew, luckily it was not as crowded as the first time. We ordered 4 variety of pan mee to try.

They have variety of pan mee menus, dry, soup or fried version.

The husband and wife.

Pan Mee Soup with Add-on Fried Chicken. Not sure the price, should be less than RM8.

Pan Mee Soup, RM5.00.

Fried Chicken Pan Mee, RM6.00.

Fried Pan Mee, RM6.50.

All dishes we ordered are delicious. The fried pan mee is totally out of my expectation. My bro and I liked it very much. The soup is definitely worth our journey from far. Their sambal is quite unique too. It's not overly spicy, goes well with the noodle. If not because of its distance, I guess I don't mind to have pan mee here everyday.

The map to Fu Rong Pan Mee Kopitiam:

November 24, 2017

Magenta Restaurant @The Square Tower Waterfront, Kuching

Address: The Square Tower Waterfront, Jalan Barrack, 93000 Kuching, Sarawak
Business hours: Monday - Sunday 5:00pm - 12:00am

After the meal at It Hng Teochew Restaurant, we had second round of dinner. My friend was longing to try out the pasta I had many years back at Magenta. He watched me slurped down the whole plate of pasta, deemed it must be delicious.

Previously Magenta was located at Old Courthouse, not long ago they moved to The Square Tower at waterfront.

The dining place is located at upstairs. Accessing to upstairs is quite a challenge, it's a twisted staircase. It's quite narrow and steep. If you are wearing short skirts, not advisable to dine at upstairs. Or you can choose the table outside the premise.

The menu is here. Sorry for the blurred pictures, the place is dim and poor lighting for taking photograph. It supposed to be a romantic place, but it ain't romantic because of the unmatched tables and chairs. The view is not as great too because the window size is small and you can't enjoy the whole night view of the river and Astana.

Magenta is supposed to be a high class restaurant. So the pricing is higher as expected.

My friend asked me why I wanted to take the picture of the drinks as it's nothing interesting. Hmm.. Why not? They are using a plastic glass. That's what I want to point out. Don't you think it spoils the whole thing?

Lime Leave Seafood Fettuccine, RM36. My friend said it was not that tasty as he expected. I think the quality has dropped, the sauce was quite watery as compared to last time. 

Chef's Salmon, RM42. The plate is huge, it makes the content looks so petty. The pan-fried salmon was fresh so it also elevated the taste.

The total bill was about RM90++. My friend foot the bill. Personally I don't think I will come here again or recommend any friend to try out. Perhaps this place is more suitable for tourists?

The map to Magenta Restaurant:

November 18, 2017

By Invitation: Nando's #Everyone's Platter for 4

Last night I attended Nando's Christmas dinner party at The Spring shopping mall. Next month Nando's is going to launch their new menu named #EVERYONE's platter in conjunction with Christmas celebration. It's only available for the month of December.

We were free to ask for any drinks on the menu, so I asked for Sparkling Apple and my friend had the Peach Perfect.

Their signature sweet potato fries. I couldn't stop myself having this fries, its crispiness and dipped it with the sauce provided, tastes heavenly good.

The platter includes the whole grilled chicken, and the side dishes: mushroom, corns, wedges, salad, and Mediterranean rice. A set of this #Everyone's platter costs RM99 which is RM24.75 per pax. It's a good deal as this set also includes 4 bottomless Coca-cola.

The staff passed me a knife to cut the chicken. I was quite puzzle at first. Based on her explanation, the original butterfly cut chicken will remains juicy and tantalizing if uncut. It didn't take me much effort to cut it into 4 pieces, pretty easy than I thought. The well marinated chicken was delicious, like the staff mentioned, it was remained juicy.

After the main course, they served us the desserts as well. The red velvet cake and caramel cheesecake. Unfortunately it's not to our liking. The texture was quite hard and not moist.

November 14, 2017

It Hng Teochew Restaurant @Jalan Padungan, Kuching

Address: MBKS Swimming Building, Jalan Padungan, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak

This Teochew restaurant has been existing for long time but I never been here until last week. I brought a friend here for dinner. It shares the same entrance with MBKS swimming pool. The restaurant is located on first floor.

The restaurant is actually a hall with stage. There has a few private rooms too.

A female staff came to take our order. We planned to order their signature dishes, at least the famous Teochew steamed fish or something. We asked her for fish, but the staff recommended us deep-fried anchovies. So unattractive right.. Anyway, we thought it's the freshest fish they got. So based on her recommendation, we ordered pork stomach pepper soup, deep-fried anchovies, and stir-fried green amaranth. It was just two of us, the staff put a stop to it after we ordered three dishes. Maybe she deems the signature dish portion is too huge for us? Or we look like cheapskate?

The taste was quite good actually, but nothing impressive. Total bill only RM27++. It was cheap but we were not even half full. So I brought my friend to Magenta after this.

The map to It Hng Teochew Restaurant:

November 7, 2017

Kim Hing Lee 金興利生肉面 @TT3 Commercial Center, Kuching

Address: Sublot 8, TT3 Commercial Center, Jalan Canna, 93350 Kuching, Malaysia
Business hours: 6:30am - 4:00pm (Monday - Sunday)

Now you don't have to fly to KK for the authentic Sabah pork noodle (sang nyuk mian), it's now available in Kuching. I have tried the famous pork noodle at Kim Hing Lee in KK this year in May. When my bro showed me that he has discovered a new place to have sang nyuk mian, the name "Kim Hing Lee" is not unfamiliar to me. I was thrilled and wanted to try it out. So here we were last week, we came here for brunch.

As we were entering the shop, I noticed the staff was inserting charcoal into the stove. They are actually using the charcoal stove to boil the pork meat and ingredients.

The poster on the wall is exactly the same like the main branch I visited in KK.

Menu and pricing.

We ordered one small (RM8) and one big (RM10). Here's the comparison of its sizes.

A close up view of my bowl. The taste wise, it's not much difference from the one I had in KK. But somehow their meat slice was not as soft.

The noodle. First bite of this, instantly differentiated it's not as good as the main branch in KK. The lard is not as strong aroma and thick in flavour. Plus the yellow noodles they used is the noodles pack on shelf in supermarket. I was quite disappointed with the texture of their noodles.

I must give a credit to their chilli sauce. If you enjoy a high level of spiciness, you would like this. This could numb your tongue (maybe not to you but me), it's very syiok to dip it with the sang nyuk meat slice. Hope they will continue to use the same breed of chillies.

Overall, the taste was good. It's worth visiting if you are the type who enjoy noodles with lard. I doubt if this owner is related to Kim Hing Lee's owner in KK as she mentioned she has a family member living in Kuching.

The map to Kim Hing Lee in Kuching:

October 26, 2017

Oriental Park Kolo Mee 东方花园 @Market Lane / Gertak Lane, Kuching

Address: Market Lane or Gertak Lane, 93000 Kuching, Sarawak.
Business hours: Monday - Sunday 7:00am - 11:00am

I have been wanting to try out Oriental Park's kolo mee for long time. Always thought it's not open on Monday so I kept on delaying. Until last Sunday, I searched online and found out they are actually open everyday. I invited my bro to go on next morning. They close at 11am, we reached there around 10:30am.

Oriental Park is quite hidden, its location is not facing the main road. It took me sometime to locate it. The parking space there also very limited. We parked our car at Open Air market, walked less than 5 minutes to reach. If you noticed All Joy Bakery on Jalan Khoo Hun Yeang, Oriental Park is just on the lane behind it.

We sat and waited for them to take our order. The serving time was real fast. My bro commented that the uncle looks slow in motion, but surprisingly the food served fast. The waiting time less than 10 minutes.

I ordered the red kolo mee. So nice that they served with a bowl of soup too. My kolo mee was tasted sweet because of the char siew oil. The texture of the noodles was great, met my expectation. Best is their famous char siew meat, charcoal smell and tastes like "bakkwa", the dried meat.

My bro ordered the big bowl of 'straight' noodles kolo mee without char siew oil. I prefer his one because still not getting used to the sweet taste of kolo mee. There's a price hike again lately, the price of kolo mee has increased to RM4 from RM3.50. A big bowl of this kolo mee costs RM5.50.

This is Market Lane. The lane is narrow, yet the car parked on the road side making it even more challenging to pass through.

The map to Oriental Park:

October 21, 2017

Ah Zhi Fish Head Noodles 阿志鱼头米粉 @Top 10 Food Court, Jalan Song, Kuching

Address: 8 & 9, Ground Floor, Tabuan Heights Commercial Centre, Jalan Song, 93350 Kuching, Sarawak.
Business hours: Tuesday - Sunday 6:30am - 11:30am (Monday off)

Some days I would like to have something light and healthy for breakfast. I used to like Ayuke's tomato fish mix soup a lot. Its soup was really appetizing. Ayuke Fish Chef originated at Top 10 Food court before it moved to the current location. New vendor took over the stall and selling the same dishes. The taste is equally good, however the ingredients have altered a bit. Though less variety of ingredients, the freshness of the fish is guaranteed and always maintained the standards over the years. Elderly would love this type of fish soup. 

Fish Meat Bihun. This is my favourite, its soup base is a bit sour because of the tomato. The fish ball is bouncy, fried fish cakes and taufu are also rich in flavour.

This am I had Fresh Fish Meat Bihun. The soup was plainer as compared to the above. It's not sour, but you won't taste the offensive fishy smells because of its top freshness. The fish ball was different from what I thought, not just a plain fish ball. Guess the fish meat has been seasoned so its taste has a little bit of sourness. A bowl of this, costs RM10.

The map to Top 10 Food Court:

October 13, 2017

Soon Huat Coffee Cafe 顺發咖啡小食館 @Jalan Batu Lintang, Kuching

Address: No. 12, Jalan Batu Lintang, 93200 Kuching, Sarawak.
Business hours: Monday - Sunday 6:00am - 6:00pm

The other day wanted to have the kolo mee at Joo Seng Cafe, but it was too full. So we randomly chose a coffeeshop nearby. Settled our brunch at Soon Huat Coffee Cafe. It was totally out of my expectation, the taste was not bad too.

Mix pork soup with noodles. The soup is flavourful because of its ingredients which contained taufu, meat balls, pork mince meat, pork liver, pork intestines, etc.

A closer look of the soup.

Ordered a bowl of kolo mee too. The texture was springy but rather dry.

The map to Soon Huat Coffee Cafe:

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