Showing posts with label Perak. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Perak. Show all posts

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Malaysian Food: Iconic and Signature Malaysian Dish From All Over Malaysia

Eating Malaysia: Travel around the country of Malaysia in search of the iconic and signature dishes all over Malaysia, as we celebrate the delicious diversity that has united us as people of Malaysia and put us on the world map.

Best Malaysian Food

The following are some of the top Must Eat dishes as compiled by Star Special Malaysia Day edition from each of the State of Malaysia. To read the details write-up and where to eat these specialty dishes; please click on the link for each of the state.

Must Eat Perlis Specialty & Signature Dishes: Ikan Bakar, Pekasam, Laksa Kuala Perlis, Pulut Mempelam

Must Eat Kedah Specialty & Signature Dishes: Laksa Kedah, Gulai Nangka, Dodol, Bahulu

Must Eat Penang Specialty & Signature Dishes: Nasi Kandar, Char Kway Teow, Assam Laksa, Mee Goreng

Must Eat Perak Specialty & Signature Dishes: Hor Fun, Rendang Tok, Chicken and Bean Sprouts, Ipoh White Coffee.

Must Eat Selangor Specialty & Signature Dishes:  Satay, Mamak Rojak, Bak Kut Teh, Yong Tau Foo

Must Eat Wilayah Persekutuan Specialty & Signature Dishes: Hokkien Mee, Pan Mee, Banana Leaf Rice

Must Eat Negeri Sembilan Specialty & Signature Dishes: Kuala Pilah Rendang, Rembau Rendang, Masak Lemak Cili Api, Daging Salai, Serembab Siew Pau.

Must Eat Melaka Specialty & Signature Dishes: Debal Curry (aka Devil Curry), Ayam Pongteh, Satay Celup, Chicken Rice Balls.

Must Eat Johor Specialty & Signature Dishes: Laksa Johor, Otak-Otak, Pajeri Nenas, Ayam Pedas.

Must Eat Pahang Specialty & Signature Dishes: Ikan Patin Masak Tempoyak, Laksa Kuah Putih, Ikan Bakar Petai, Jala Mas Puding DiRaja.

Must Eat Terengganu Specialty & Signature Dishes: Nasi Dagang, Keropok Lekor, Solok Lada, Sata

Must Eat Kelantan Specialty & Signature Dishes: Nasi Kerabu, Laksam, Ayam Percik, Ketupat Sotong

Must Eat Sabah Specialty & Signature Dishes; Pinasakan, Mee Tuaran, Ngiu Chap, Hinava

Must Eat Sarawak Specialty & Signature Dishes: Sarawak Laksa, Umai, Manuk Pansuh, Kolo Mee

There you have it, for all you Malaysian Foodies, hope you can try all of these. You can comment on how many you have tried and which is your best signature and specialty dishes from all over Malaysia. 

Happy Food Hunting and Happy Malaysia Day.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Ipoh Town Outskirt Perak Part 2 Perak North Road Trip Food Trail By Best Restaurant To Eat

Ipoh Food Trail Malaysian Food Blog

There are many food to eat in Ipoh, Perak. This part 2 is a compilation of the outer Ipoh Perak Food Trail which is the villages, where these places have equally famous food especially to the local folks. Click here to go to our Part 1 Ipoh Road Trip. With that Best Restaurant To Eat continues the Ipoh Perak Road Trip Food Trail by first visiting the Pasir Pinji Village. Over here, you practically goes into the home i.e some are pre war kampung houses.

The first station is in Jalan Pasir Pinji 5; famed for it's Chee Cheong Fun, I was here back about 20 years ago, of course during that time it was even more kampung but now the house has been renovated and one has to take a queue number to enjoy this simple dish. You have to go there around 1pm when they opened.

There are 3 sauce flavours for this Chee Cheong Fun, the first is the soya sauce with shallot oil - simple and taste most natural.

while the second is with the sweet sauce.

and the third one is the mixture of sweet sauce plus chillies sauce (you can order your level of spiciness here. One of the thing about the Chee Cheong Fun here is the texture and quality - the Chee Cheong Fun is embedded by fried dried shrimp which you don't get much these days.

Next, we went to the Pasir Pinji Rojak. There were already a crowd when we reached there; as usual we dutifully taken our number and sit to wait. The wait was more than 45 minutes before we were served.

Here, there is no rush, the owner painstaking do one plate per round, so if one guy comes and order 5 pack, he will do it individually, this is to ensure the consistency and quality which was evident in our plate of these rojak, Unlike the vendors in KL, where they will do up as many as packs as possible in one round.

Taste wise, it was very good, the prawn paste was just the right flavour with a strong tinge of grounded belacan aroma.

After that, we were recommended to try out the Ice Jelly by the main street of Pasir Pinji, This place is just opposite the Pasir Pinji market.

There are actually 2 store here, we realise this after we ordered, nevertheless we tried both shop and the verdict was similar, one had a harder jelly compares with the other but it was a real thirst quencher for us on that hot day. Make sure you see that shop which is selling from the cart.

Next, we proceeded to try out another famed food here which is the Hong Kee Ma Chee and the peanut dessert (Fa Sang Wu). Taste wise the Fa Sang Wu was ok, but for the price of RM3 for a super small bowl, it was really expensive even to KL standard. My favourite Fa Sang Wu in a pasar malam in KL is 3 times more but at just only RM2.20.

But what disappoint me more is the Ma Chee, The serving was about 10 pieces or less and cost RM3.00 with very little peanuts and you can still taste the glutinous rice. Sorry, I did not take any photo of the both the dish as I was really pissed off and surprised by the so little serving.

Pasir Pinji is also famed for its Yong Tau Foo, and with that our next stop was the Big Tree. When we arrived the place was literally pack and people were queuing to scoop up whatever fried stuff that was put on the serving table.

This is another great disappointment as the stuff food was very oily, tasteless and costly. A check later showed that all the customer there are really tourist from out of town, This is another ripped off.

After the 2 last disappointment, we headed to Gunung Rapat for the famed Heong Phean. The first shop that we went; was closed, so we headed to another one which is 2 streets away.

Upon entering the villages house, we could see a man working on the specially design stove, where we witness first hand the making of the Heong Phean. We could see there are a lot of coconut shell in the compound and a check later reveal that it is used to fire up the stove.

Imagine, your biscuit is cooked with these coconut shell. It was rather eye opening and this special coconut infused flavours are ingrained into each and every biscuit. The result; you can really taste the smokey coconut taste with every bite of this biscuit compared to the normal one.

After that, we made our way for dinner at another village which is in Bercham, here we encountered a very rude owner that does not have a courtesy to appreciate his client, he is the type which is money minded i.e serving big table ie. those with a big group first. This is the first time we encountered such arrogant owner, I suppose his business is so good that he can get away with it.

This place called Restoran Rasa Lain, which was recommended by one of our friend to try out is the Tong Fun Crab. This dish is RM100.00

followed by the Cheese Prawns (RM60.00).

and the Steamed Lala (RM25.00)

and the Steamed Fish Ball (RM13,00). We are definitely not going to come here again with this kind of service.

Our conclusion is that Ipoh is surely catching up on prices with the KL counterpart, the difference is getting narrower over the years. Moreover since the influx of tourist from other states, businesses here has grown tremendously and it is evident wherever we go, there are 2 things that is common that we come across which is a traffic jam (never before I have experienced the jam in Ipoh – at some time it was easily worse than KL especially in the town centre) and a queue (almost all the outlet that we went) for food; some cumulating to a wait of more than 45 to 60 minutes for your food to be served. But what is worse is the arrogant level of some of these outlet operators which has pale in comparison with those that I have experienced some years back.

We used to enjoy the tranquillity of Ipoh, in that it used to be a nice place; to have some really nice food and leisure time to enjoy the scenery of this tin mining town, but reality kick in and we spent almost the entire time waiting for our food to be served instead; so there were literally no leisure time at all for our planned sightseeing.

Read about our Ipoh Town Part 1 Road Trip Food Trail

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Monday, May 11, 2015

IPOH TOWN PERAK | Part 1 Perak North Road Trip Food Trail By Best Restaurant To Eat

Ipoh Food Trail
View of Sungai Kinta at night (Ipoh)
 Once in a while, we enjoy a food trail expedition to other states in Malaysia; one is to satisfy our cravings for authentic, original and some real tasty treat in hidden places. The second reason is also to take a break from our many local food reviews and to add some diversity to our blog.

Familiar queue in most of the makan place we went
After doing some research and many recommendations from people who have tried from these makan outlet, we embarked to make a head way to the northern states of Perak specifically Ipoh and a pass by visit to Kampar.

Another long queue - but this one not worth it here. Details in Part 2 Ipoh Outskirt
This Perak food trail post is divided into 3 parts i.e. the first part is the Ipoh Town Central while the second is the outskirt of Ipoh and the third part is Kampar Town. For this food trail, since we have to covered so many outlet, our review will be very straight forward – we will named the food and rate it whether it is good, worth the try (so so) or overrated (since all the outlet are already quite popular).

For Breakfast - we went to Sun Yuan Foong located at 17, Jalan Bandar Timah, Ipoh which is located in Ipoh Old Town - this is a very popular breakfast place in Ipoh and where the famed White Coffee is from,

Here we also tried their toast bread with poached egg (RM1.90). The bread is buttered up before toasting it. Verdict : Good.

Next, we had the signature White Coffee. Verdict : So So, have tasted better one else where.

Followed by the Chee Cheong Fun in the front portion of the coffee shop. The sauce is a mushroom sauce with mince pork. Verdict : So So. Later in part 2 we had one that is of much better taste and quality which is at Pasir Pinji. You can scroll down to go to part 2 to read about it.

followed by the Yong Tau Foo. The fried Yong Tau Foo was very smooth and at 80 sen a piece it was worth it. The fish paste was chewy and have the bouncy texture. You can also tried the other stuff items like the Ladies Finger and Brinjal. Verdict: Good.

After that we move over to the opposite shop which is Nam Heong

and order the Fried Kway Teow. The noodle was fried to the right wok kei, This is really good although serving is quiet small. We had to order another plate to satisfy our craving.

After that, we went to the other part of old town, where we came across this Tau Foo Far shop which is opposite the Thean Chun Coffee shop. We tried previously the Funny Mountain Tau Foo Far, which was over priced and overrated. So, this time around we are not going for it but tried this new place.

We have eaten much smoother Tau Foo Far and this one does not fare better. The place is quiet nicely decorated though and have an air-conditioned top floor.

Our lunch brought us to 2 restaurant the first of which was to try the famed "Nasi Ganja" in Kedai Kopi Yong Suan located at 2, Jalan Yang Kalsom, Ipoh.

When we arrive, slightly after 12 the place was already having a long queue.

We had the Nasi with Ayam Goreng (taste wise it was so so, nothing spectacular about it except the price which was at RM4.60. If you really love this kind of food, we had tasted one in Petaling Jaya that serves much better. Click Here.

the add on was the Mutton Curry. The meat was chewy and not so gamey, taste wise it was not bad although it lacks the fragrant spice aroma and taste which I love. We wanted to order the Squid, but it was finish by then.

When we were having our Nasi Ganja, we had a recommendation to try out a Fish Meat Noodle which is further down the road. We made our way to the Lucky Ipoh Restaurant located at 266 Jalan Pasir Puteh, Pasir Puteh.

What was good is the Fish Meat Noodles i.e. the noodles are made from fish paste and then cooked in either Fish Fillet, Prawns or Crabs.

Thru the recommendation, we tried 2 dishes which were the Fish meat noodles with Garoupa fillet slice (RM50.00). It is cooked using a clear broth and it was very tasty and the flesh of the fish fillet was firm and cooked to the right texture.

Next, we had the steam Yue Mai (RM13.00), from what we understand this is the Sai To fish which gives a firm and bouncy texture. Since it is steam, you can really enjoy the natural taste of the fish paste used to make this fishball.

For dinner, we didn't want to have the usual Lou Wong and Onn Kee Taugeh Chicken as we find that these 2 places are pricey and their quality have dropped in recent years. Thru some recommendation, we tried out Tuck Kee Restaurant located at No 61, Jalan Yau Tet Shin, 30300 Ipoh, Perak instead.

Tuck Kee is famed for its Fried Noodles especially the River Moon Flat Noodle (RM12.00). This dish is similar to the Wan Tan Hor but it is different in taste compared with the KL version, in that it has a funny flavour here and lacking in the Wok Hei and the gravy was quite bland, although it is the top selling in this restaurant.

The second dish was the Moon Flat Noodle (RM6.50), this fared much better as the raw eggs when mixed with the hot noodles, gives it a silky finishing to the noodles.

The third noodles dish is the Soft Noodle (Yee Mee) RM6.50 cooked much like the Hokkein Mee, Taste wise, it was OK.

What stands out in Tuck Kee for us is the side dishes that they had, the first is the Chicken Feet (RM5.00). The soya sauce used to stewed the chicken feet was very aromatic. Although a side dish, the soya gravy is best eaten with white rice.

Next, we had the Poached Octopus (RM8.00) in soya sauce. This dish is excellent as the springy octopus was very fresh, gives a chewy feel and best eaten with this soya based sauce. We had to order another one as it was really very tasty.

Finally is the Taugeh- bean Sprout(RM5.00), which in Ipoh is one of the must have dishes. The taugeh in Ipoh are usually of the fat size, which gives it a crunch when you eat it.

Having difficulty in locating these location. You can click here to follow this trail on GoogleMap

Read about our Part 2 Ipoh Road Trip Food Trail from the link below :

Ipoh Town Perak Part 2 Perak North Road Trip Food Trail 

Explore Best Restaurant Other Food Trail