Restoran Chua Kee 蔡記海鲜 – Johor Bahru, Malaysia


It was one of the impromptu evenings when my god bro swinged the coffee bar to pick me up for dinner I thought. True enough dinner, but in JB! So he drove me home to pick up my passport and then we headed to JB via Tuas checkpoint. 

 

Exit Gelang Patah, that’s all i know! long time never go in JB lah….
  
Finally arrived!
  
Almost 11pm still got customers
  
Menu
  

粿条大会串 Kway Teow Seafood (RM 30). This plate of kway teow is filled with so much seafood, i was just delighted to see this!

Close up… Must order!
       
Salted Egg Yolk Prawns (RM30) – You can literally eat the whole prawn! Juicy, crispy and very fresh! A must-order too!
  
Butter Pork Belly 牛油花肉 (RM12). Another interesting dish that explodes in your mouth! Nice buttery savoury sweet!
  
Veg fried with fermented tofu (RM8). Yums and cheap!
  
Homemade Lime Drink (RM2.50). Nice and refreshing!

Rating: 5/5.

Taste:  Seafood is really fresh! Especially the mussels in the Seafood Kway Teow! So yummy!

Portion: Average.

Service: Very good especially the lady with tattoo on the left side of her neck. 

Ambience: Cooling cos near the sea. Well spaced and well lit.

Price: Total damage was only RM$95.40 (S$36)!

RTE: If I have transport! 

Location: 67 Jalan Kacang Panjang, 81550 Gelang Patah, Johor Bahru, Johor. Tel: 012-7628255, 012-7610529, 07-5103198.  

 

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Dragon-i Restaurant (The Pavilion) – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


There are some facts that I have researched on lately that cleared my mind. All along I always thought the Canton-i (http://wp.me/pCcuC-4A) at ION Orchard in Singapore is related to Dragon-i in Malaysia… I was right, Canton-i is under the Dragon-i Restaurant Group of Companies. Whether the outlet in Singapore is a direct expansion or franchise, I’ve yet to find out. The other thing I’ve always thought that Canton-i was under the Paradise Group of Singapore, apparently not, just that they have Canton Paradise under their group which sounds similar.

Anyways this is my second time here at this outlet in KL after so many years… the first time was before I started writing on food some 5 years ago. So I was in town for work and then met up with a friend for dinner to check out their food once again. Check out the pics below:

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Crowded as usual
Crowded as usual
Cute chopsticks rest
Cute chopsticks rest
The Menu... The gateway to heavenly food...
The Menu… The gateway to heavenly food…
This dish reminds me of my stints in Shanghai and Suzhou so much... Sobs...
This dish reminds me of my stints in Shanghai and Suzhou so much… Sobs…
Wanted to order this too but too much and no kids with me, so.... nah...
Wanted to order this too but too much and no kids with me, so…. nah…
Crispy Caramelised Eel - This one is awfully addictive... A great starter, and a must order in Dragon-i.
Crispy Caramelised Eel – This one is awfully addictive… A great starter, and a must order in Dragon-i.
流沙包 is here!
流沙包 is here!
These custard buns are liquefied and explodes in your mouth if you bite it without knowing. So becareful the piping hot contents. Better to tear it in the middle then try to balance the fillings on each hand while you indulge on the buns... Yeah you can lick the overflowing egg custards on your hands too! :)
These custard buns are liquefied and explodes in your mouth if you bite it without knowing. So becareful the piping hot contents. Better to tear it in the middle then try to balance the fillings on each hand while you indulge on the buns… Yeah you can lick the overflowing egg custards on your hands after that! 🙂
Very good chilli paste they have to go with your food.
Very good chilli paste they have to go with your food.
炸酱面 - Regretted ordering this cos not very nice. But friend wanted to eat this so...
炸酱面 – Regretted ordering this cos not very nice. But friend wanted to eat this so…
Skillfully shaving the skin and flesh off the duck
Skillfully shaving the skin and flesh off the duck
Roasted Peking Duck - This is their signature naturally. Crispy skin and tender flesh. Yums. But as compared to the one in Canton-i Singapore, Canton-i one is very fragrant and a lot tastier due to the apple wood they use from Australia.
Roasted Peking Duck – This is their signature naturally. Crispy skin and tender flesh. Yums. But as compared to the one in Canton-i Singapore, Canton-i one is very fragrant and a lot tastier due to the apple wood they use from Australia.
Wraps and condiments to go with your peking duck.
Wraps and condiments to go with your peking duck.
The balance bones and meat from the half duck we ordered. Cooked in sichuan style in a claypot, quite a good dish but pretty oily.
The balance bones and meat from the half duck we ordered. Cooked in sichuan style in a claypot, quite a good dish but pretty oily.
Spinach with 3 types of eggs and stock. Something light to go with  the rich food.
Spinach with 3 types of eggs and stock. Something light to go with the rich food.

Rating: 5/5.

Taste: Standard still as good as last time. If I had my other foodie friends with me, we could have ordered all their signature dishes.

Portion: Average.

Service: Excellent. However, you can see the manageress keep eyeing on the other service staff. I feel for the waitresses/waiters.

Ambience: Not as posh as I remember it to be. But still quite comfy for diners.

Price: All that for around RM$200. About S$80. In Singapore it will cost more than that.

RTE: I might but I still prefer the street food wherever I travel. 🙂

Location: Lot No. 1.17.00, Storey No. Level 1, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, 168 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur. Tel : +603 2143 7688. Reservations highly recommended.

Lot 10 Hutong 十號胡同 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Haven’t been shopping or even walking along the streets of Bukit Bintang in KL for the longest time and this time I made it a point with a friend who happened to fly in Kuala Lumpur at the same time from Hong Kong. So we decided to catch up over dinner and while we were wandering around, we saw this place with all the signages…

So many signages!
So many signages!

So we decided to check out this place… how wrong can it go when it’s recommended by 蔡澜, the famous food critic/celebrity from Hong Kong. To our surprise, this is suppose to be a foodcourt where they get the best streetfood in Malaysia and house them there! Check out the pics below, and tell me how not to salivate??!!

No fix layout, it's a little like a maze actually. Who cares when there's aircondition? ;P
No fix layout, it’s a little like a maze actually. Who cares when there’s aircondition? ;P
金莲记 Kim Lian Kee - Famous Fried Hokkien Mee since 1927 from the Chinatown of KL. This is a must try!
金莲记 Kim Lian Kee – Famous Fried Hokkien Mee since 1927 from the Chinatown of KL. This is a must try!
You can see the cook frying your noodles and they fry plate by plate to ensure consistent quality.
You can see the cook frying your noodles and they fry plate by plate to ensure consistent quality.
This is damn yummy but at RM$11.50. Normally you can get this outside for RM$6-$8?
This is damn yummy but at RM$11.50. Normally you can get this outside for RM$6-$8?
Pin Qian Bak Kut Teh - Another must try if you like the black soup herbal versions.
Pin Qian Bak Kut Teh – Another must try if you like the black soup herbal versions.
Bak Kut Teh is seriously rich herbal broth. Very yummy but no soup top up. Sad.
Bak Kut Teh is seriously rich herbal broth. Very yummy but no soup top up. Sad.
They have Braised Pork Leg as well. Not too bad.
They have Braised Pork Leg as well. Not too bad.
Fried Oyster Omelette - Not too bad, not crispy on the outer layer of the flour.
Fried Oyster Omelette – Not too bad, not crispy on the outer layer of the flour.
Penang prawn cake and ngoh hiang. Soso only.
Penang prawn cake and ngoh hiang. Soso only.
The char siew looks damn good so must order...
The char siew looks damn good so must order…
Yummy plate of char siew for RM$20. I find it a little hard though. Maybe been there for some time cos we had it for dinner.
Yummy plate of char siew for RM$20. I find it a little hard though. Maybe been there for some time cos we had it for dinner.

Rating: 4/5.

Taste: Hokkien Mee is really good. We should have tried the wan ton noodles and beef ball noodles but no stomach space. Bak Kut Teh is good too.

Portion: Below average.

Service: Food court, soso.

Ambience: Crampy, aircon, foodcourt

Price: All that less than RM$100.

RTE: Yes! Hokkien Mee!!!

Location: Lot 10 basement. Apparently they have one outlet in Guangzhou, China as well. http://www.lot10hutong.com.

Restoran G & D (佳肴城海鲜饭店) – Labis, Johor, Malaysia


I was visiting a colleague’s house in this remote parts of Johor recently and we had our dinner here. I tried to google and see if any one has written about this place and apparently not… at least in English.  Anyways this place is THE RESTAURANT in Labis town and everyone knows where this place is. The default place for all weddings, birthdays, family dinners, gatherings, etc. I heard so much about this place prior to my visit and was really looking forward to sinking my teeth into all their specialities, especially the reknown Hokkien Mee. See pics below with descriptions:

Restaurant front
Restaurant front
Famous HK Chef Hugo Leong was here!
Famous HK Chef Hugo Leong was here!
We were early hence not many people yet..
We were early hence not many people yet..
This tofu dish is pretty darn good with braised minced pork on top. Yums!
This tofu dish is pretty darn good with braised minced pork on top. Yums!
Claypot of assorted goodness which I can't remember what it was.
Claypot of assorted goodness which I can’t remember what it was.
THE Hokkien Mee... Awesome sauce all soaked up in the fat noodles. One of the best I've tried so far.
THE Hokkien Mee… Awesome sauce all soaked up in the fat noodles. One of the best I’ve tried so far.
Pork Ribs in 2 flavours, curry and sweet & sour. Very nice dish especially the curry one.
Pork Ribs in 2 flavours, curry and sweet & sour. Very nice dish especially the curry one.
Fresh steamed fish. Yums!
Fresh steamed fish. Yums!
Sambal Kang Kong in a claypot, very nice!
Sambal Kang Kong in a claypot, very nice!
Very nice dish of assorted sauteed mushrooms and dried chillies. Spicy and oily but tasted good.
Very nice dish of assorted sauteed mushrooms and dried chillies. Spicy and oily but tasted good.
Spinach in 3 different eggs and soup stock. Nice soup dish!
Spinach in 3 different eggs and soup stock. Nice soup dish!
Total bill for 10 pax.
Total bill for 10 pax.

Rating: 5/5.

Taste: Everything tasted good and not too salty. Love the food here!

Portion: Above average.

Service: The lady boss knows my colleagues parents, hence service was naturally good. But overall service to other tables were good as well.

Ambience: Air-con place. Feels like the old restaurants we use to visit like Ban Leong in Singapore.

Price: Damn reasonable. See last pic.

RTE: Definitely! Need to get a car first…

Location: No. 9-16 Jalan Biru, Taman Bandar Jaya, 85300 Labis, Johor. Tel: 07-9254011. GPS: 2°23’4″N   103°1’18″E