Showing posts with label Wanton Noodle. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Wanton Noodle. Show all posts

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Restoran 126 Bittergourd Noodles - Taman Bukit Mayang Emas Petaling Jaya



It is not easy to find a particular shop that specialises in Bittergourd noodles. Recently, we chance upon this particular shop which is Restoran 126 Bittergourd Noodles located at 12, Jalan BM 1/2 Taman Bukit Mayang Emas Petaling Jaya, Selangor.


This shop has a simple no frill coffee shop setup which serves not just Bittergourd noodles but also some other noodles like the peppery soup, curry noodles, rice and porridge too.


We check out some of these house specialities; the first of which is the Bittergourd Special Meat Paste Noodles (RM7.80). We like the soup base as it was a strong tasty clear broth, we found out that the owner uses chicken as its base ingredient to brew the broth. It takes around 4 hours of boiling to extract out the full flavours from the chicken.


We like the Bittergourd as it does not have a very strong bitter taste; The Bittergourd that are used are a premium grade that has a nice crunch without being over bitterly in taste. This type is used especially for cooking purpose while the meat paste is made with minced meat with black fungus and chopped fried squid pieces. To complement the noodles; soft silky white Tau Foo and cut pieces of tomatoes are added in to give a different texture and taste to this noodle.


The second noodle that we tasted was the Seaweed Fish Paste Noodle (RM7.30). The fish paste is in-house made with 2 types of fish. It has a firm, bouncy texture and has a strong fish flavours. The seaweed that is used here is also of a good quality which does not cloud the soup base.


This is then followed by an order of Pepper Pork noodles (RM7.50). For this soup based we decided to try out the Yee Mee for the noodle. We like the strong peppery taste of the soup. It is the balance concoction of the black and white pepper from Sarawak that gets this peppery aroma and the real peppery kick.


and the last soup noodle is the Herbal Noodle (RM7.30). Our choice of Noodles is the Mee Suah. A nice choice as the Mee Suah absorbs the strong herbal wine fragrant broth. A combination of mixed herbs is used to produced this strong herbal broth and with a sprinkle of Hsiao Heng wine; it really makes the broth addictive. The noodles are then topped with a half boil eggs and wolfberries.


One of the other specialities of Restoran 126 Bittergourd Noodles is the Curry Noodles. The version here is slightly different that we are used to, in that it is infused with a Nyonya touch. This special family secret recipe has been passed down to one of the partners; the key to the taste lies with the preparation of all the ingredients which are prepared in-house to ensure the quality of the curry paste.



Available in limited daily quantities is the Deluxe Curry Noodles (RM10.00) which has a condiment and ingredients filled Curry Noodles; with freshly peel Cockles, Curry Chicken, Roast Pork (Siew Yok), Char Siew, Long Beans, Meatballs, Fish Balls, Fried Pork Skin, Bean Sprout, Fish Paste and your choice of Noodles.



Another off-menu item is the Seafood Noodle (RM13.90); comes with 3 Prawns, loads of Lala, Fish Paste and soft white Tau Foo. An order of this noodle comes with a Free Ice Lemon Tea or Barley. You can choose your soup base to go with these seafood i.e. Bittergourd, Seaweed, Pepper or Curry. A real treat for seafood lovers.


We were recommended to try out the porridge that is served at Restoran 126 Bittergourd Noodles Restaurant, we got to taste the Salted Eggs with Century Eggs and Minced Meat Porridge (RM8.00). The soft texture of the porridge is the testament that it was boiled for a long time. A hearty meal to warm your stomach if you choose to have a lighter meal.


To give more option to its customer, Restoran 126 Bittergourd Noodles Restaurant, also offers some rice dishes for you to choose from. One that caught our eyes is the Pork Chop Rice with Mushroom. At RM9.90, it is really value for money as you get a big piece of the Pan Fried Pork Chop that comes with the rice. We like the shitake mushroom with minced meat sauce as it is paired well with the steamed white rice.


The restaurant also offers a couple of snacks for you to choose, but too bad, we only have stomach for just one type which is the Fried Wantan (RM9.00 for 10 pcs). The meat filling taste was just right with the balanced flavour, it would have been better if not for the slight over frying of the Wantan.


For the coffee enthusiast, you must try out the coffee here. For the price you paid for (RM2.70); you get to taste a large glass of strongly brewed coffee that will linger in your mouth after every sip without paying a premium price.


If you are really looking for values for money with good quality ingredients, you would not go wrong at Restoran 126 Bittergourd Noodles Restaurant.

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

MUAR JOHOR | South Food Trail by Best Restaurant to Eat

There are many blogs and TV shows featuring Muar in Johor as a food haven. With that in mind, we decided to make a trip down south to savour this offering.


This is a series in which the food, we will be eating will be street food rather than restaurant food that we normally featured. After a series of search, we have shortlisted a couple of best of Muar to savour for this trip.


We started very early morning at 6am as most of the food stalls are open for breakfast up to lunch hours. We reached Muar at 830am and drove around town trying to spot the Wai Sek Kai Along Jalan Haji Abu (between the junction with Jalan Meriam and Jalan Ali). 


We notice that there are streets with the colour theme like red where most building along that street is painted with red and yellow as yellow streets and blue streets. A true community spirit of the people of Muar to promote this town.

We took a walk around the main makan street and try to see what was that they were selling and also to find out where our shortlisted store is.


Our first taste was the fried carrot cakes; we saw a big queue already before the store was open. We look around to see what was being ordered by the other patron and decided to order one big packet with eggs to be shared. The normal price for a small packet is RM3.00. For the big packet, it is at RM4.00. The uncle told us his version is the sweet type version (which is black due to the thick black soya sauce) and we also got to know that in Muar there is a white version from one of the fellow patron which she also recommends some places for other Muar favourite makan place.


Taste wise it is, it is a little sweet and they don’t fry it like in KL where the pieces of carrot cake are cut to smaller pieces and a little crispier on the outside. Moreover, we can’t really taste much of the choy poh.


Next, we venture into a restaurant called Hua Nam. In this coffee shop, there is 2 main food served here i.e the popular Muar Laksa and the Teochew Pork soup. The shop was packed when we arrived and took us a while for us to get a table. We look around to see what was being ordered by the other patrons.


The Muar Laksa was noting great compared to the one we had in Kuala Lumpur. The broth was not thick and was not spicy at all. It was quite bland. The saving grace was the cockles which were very fresh and succulent.


Next, we savour the Teochew Pork (Chap Chye) Soup with white rice. This is a totally new dish for me as the one we had in Kuala Lumpur is the Mustard Vegetable Pork soup. Well, this dish is only for lovers of pork spare parts. Taste-wise, it was short of my expectation of a good pork soup.


In this coffee shop, it does allow outside food from the outside to be brought in to be eaten. There are a couple of streets store just outside this shop.


The first one that we ordered is the Teochew Braised Pork and Spare parts. We had the pork, pig skin, pig intestine, eggs and tau foo. Taste-wise, it is not very fragrant as it lacks the taste of spices usually used to cook this dish.


Lastly, we ordered the Woon Chai Koh, compare to those that you normally find from the Pasar Malam, this is a super small bowl and for RM2.00 you get 8 pieces of it. One of the main difference is the garnishing, which is boiling hot, unlike those found in Pasar Malam, which is usually cooked hours earlier. Taste-wise, the texture was quite smooth while the garnishing blended well.


The next from the shop is the coffee itself. Understand that there are many coffee merchants in Muar, so the one we had in the shop is truly strong aroma with the strong aftertaste in your throat. Worth the money you paid for many times over.


We tried the otak-otak on Avenue 4 food court but found it to be too spicy and salty. Not much to shout about. Probably being introduced to the wrong place.


We were told of the best wanton noodle in the area and when we reach the shop, it was beginning to open its shop, so we waited patiently for them to unload box and crates of dumpling, suikow and wantan noodles and the must-have char siew.


At first, we thought we were in a treat, how wrong were we after our first taste, of the soup then the noodles, then the sui kow and wanton. The only saving grace was the price. At 3.50 per bowl, it is a real bargain but I wouldn’t go for a second after tasting the best wanton noodles in KL.


As we were chilling before the lunch break, we wanted to sample the famous chicken rice Jit Fatt, we came about a place where we park our car, the place is Kala Chicken along the makan street, they served the Grass Jelly Tea at RM3.00 per shot. Feeling thirsty after all the food intake, we decided to try one. To our surprise, it was not bad and considering the price we paid for it was good.


We left the place to find the Jit Fatt 119-4, Jalan Mariam. Here like Melaka, the chicken rice is served moulded into a ball. Some say, it is comparable with the one in Melaka, so we ordered a small serving of 3 rice ball with a plate of chicken breast. If you really want to know whether the chicken is good, you have to try the breast meat, you can taste the sweetness of the chicken if any, the tenderness not soft, and the juiciness (breast meat have the least) and if any it will make the chicken especially nice and top quality. To me, it fails all the 3 test.


The rice balls were too hard and not much taste compared to those from Melaka, they are soft and fluffy even when moulded into a ball. I would say the size of the rice ball is also bigger than in Melaka.

It was a truly disappointing food trip and really out of our expectation. So we decided to cut short our trip and head to Melaka.


Before leaving, we remember we passed by a store where they sell this Bentayan Lemon Lime drink but it was in the midst of opening when we had our wanton noodle earlier, so we decided to make t trip there to try it out. The first sips were mesmerising, you can feel the sourish lime lemon flowing down your throat. It was very refreshing and can wake up your senses up if you are sleepy. It was also very intoxicating as you want to have more sips after the first. This is the saving grace of our trip to Muar, Johor. Next stop is Melaka.

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