Thursday, 30 June 2011

HuTong @ Lot10, KL

HuTong @ Lot 10 is a very good idea by Tan Sri Francis Yeoh. . . finally, a non-halal food court in Malaysia! And all sorts of famous hawker food under one roof - very convenient for hungry pork lovers =)
The first time we were there, we tried Ho Weng Kee and Kim Lean Kee. The Char Siu Wantan Mee (RM 8.30) from Ho Weng Kee was good, like how they used to taste back when Ho Weng Kee was still operating from the SS2 shoplot. 
  • Char siu is the lean and charred kind with little to none fats.
  • Noodles was good, absorbing the flavours from the char siu and usual soya sauce mixture. 
  • Wantans were a little small but soup was nice.

Overall, I would give Ho Weng Kee 3 Paws because I found the ultimate Char Siu Wantan Mee and it is where the old Ho Weng Kee used to be located <smug> Will review about that place another day. 
Forgot to take pictures on our first visit but the Hokkien Mee was so good we returned for a second visit. This time, we had the Kong Tai Oyster Noodles instead of Ho Weng Kee's famed Char Siu Wantan Mee.
Famous Hokkien Mee from Petaling Street (RM 8.90)
This Hokkien Mee is the bomb! Fried with lots of 'wok hei' - you can hear the non-stop clang of metal spatula against the wok - this dish comes laden with lots of deep fried pork lard (a must in any good hokkien mee) and adequate amount of prawns. The noodles are coated with sufficient pork-infused oil to ensure that it remains glossy and slippery as you slurp the noodles into your mouth. Some may find it a little too oily for their liking but I think the amount is just nice (otherwise the noodles will be dry and coarse). This dish deserves all 5 Paws =D

Kong Tai's Oyster Noodles (RM 8.30)
The Oyster Noodles tastes like gravy-doused char kuey teow topped with liberal amounts of fat juicy oysters. It comes with a sourish chilli sauce that goes well with the noodles. I didn't quite like it (maybe because I'm not a big fan of bean sprouts) but JS found the dish acceptable. Perhaps the fried oyster omelette otherwise known as Oh-Chien would fare better. I would give this only 2 Paws.
We have also tried Hon Kee Porridge at the Uptown and Taipan branches and I assume the outlet at HuTong would not be much different, taste-wise. The same goes for Kissaten which we tried at Jaya One. Will upload reviews for these places soon =)

PawPoints: 4 Paws 
Pawket: Dough

Lower Ground Flr, Lot 10 Shopping Mall
Tel: 03 2141 0500
Daily: 12pm -  3pm, 6pm - 11pm

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Soong Kee Beefball Noodles @ Jln Tun Tan Siew Sin, KL

This is my absolute favourite place for beefball noodles. It is located near the Masjid Jamek LRT Station which is fairly near my office so whenever I have time, I'll pop over for a quick fix. They have a sister restaurant in OUG called Yoong Kee which is just as good and serves some decent yong tau fu (not available at KL branch). The popular order is the dry version of beefball noodles. The other varieties include beef tripe/ innards and beef slices.
Noodles with minced beef sauce
I love the kind of Chinese noodles served in char siu wantan mee and the noodles served at Soong Kee are similar but with more bite which I like. It is mixed together with minced beef gravy which is also the shop's specialty.
Big (RM 5.50) and Small (RM 5) orders
I noticed the big serving can sometimes be drowning in minced beef gravy. The small serving is just nice for a relatively small eater.
Beefball soup
Each order of noodles is accompanied with a steaming bowl of beefball soup (or beef slices/ beef tripe soup). I usually do not finish off noodle soups but I have no problems finishing this <thumbs-up!>
  • Soup is clear with yummy beefy taste. No hint of MSG.
  • Beefballs are bouncy and full of flavour.
Superb chilli sauce
Not forgetting the to-die-for chilli sauce...when I arrived, the sauce was filled to the upper ear of the glass and this picture was taken after I was done with my meal. You can see how much chilli sauce I consumed in that one seating =P

The chilli sauce goes really well on the noodles and with the beefballs. It is slightly sourish and a little spicy. You won't be able to find this chilli sauce anywhere else so do try it when you're there =)

5 Paws
Pawket: Dough

Soong Kee Beef Ball Mee
No. 3, Jln Tun Tan Siew Sin
Tel: 03 2078 1484
Mon – Sat (excluding public holidays): 11am - 12am

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Marutama Ra-Men @ Fahrenheit 88, KL

We first tried Marutama Ra-Men at Singapore more than a year ago and ever since then, we've been planning for an opportunity to return and get our paws on their slurpylicious noodles and excellent broth. Imagine our surprise when we found out (6 months after it first opened its doors in Malaysia -_-") that there is a branch at Fahrenheit 88! Of course we wasted no time in heading there to try it...
Huge logo on shop front

Front of menu

Types of broth available

Aka Tamago Ramen
  • Comes with a lemon wedge to add some zest to the flavourful broth which is apparently made from a blend of seven (!!!) kinds of groundnuts. 
  • Broth is cloudy with nutty chicken goodness. No trace of nuts which shows how fine the blend is.
  • Has three chicken meatballs which are thankfully not the frozen starchy kind. Wouldn't mind exchanging the meatballs for the char siu but unfortunately, all versions of Aka Ramen are served with chicken meatballs.
  • Mounds of parsley, spring onion, seaweed and raw marinated jellyfish add a nice contrasting texture to each bite of springy noodles.
  • Soy sauce stewed egg is always boiled to perfection with a meltingly firm yet not hard centre. Definitely springy noodles' best friend =P
Char Siu Tamago Ramen
  • Char Siu is superb - the melt-in-your-mouth kind. Not too fatty and the lean parts are soft and tender.
  • Broth is full (and I really mean full) of chicken flavour. Very very concentrated chicken stock which gives off a sort of homemade feel as though your grandmother has just spent hours slaving in front of the kitchen stove rather than those made from instant Maggi stock cubes.
  • Other condiments are similar to the ones in Aka Ramen with the exception of jellyfish.
Yaki Char Siu
Wow if the Char Siu is good, then the Yaki Char Siu is excellent!! The minute it arrived on the table, the tantalising aroma of grilled pork immediately wafted to our nostrils, begging us to eat it at once - it is that good <wanders off to GrilledPorkLand, still salivating...>
  • Slice of lemon and chilli pepper powder are served with the Yaki Char Siu.
  • Caramelised bits contribute to the deliciousness of the grilled pork (and if you're lucky, the fatty parts). Both the charred and not-so-charred lean parts remain tender with no hints of chewiness. Good pork!

PawPoints: 5 Paws
Pawket: Tomato

Marutama Ra-Men 
Lot Flr. 27.01, 1st Floor
Fahrenheit 88, Bukit Bintang
Tel: 03 2141 1573

Mon-Sun: 11.30am - 10.00pm