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Best Chapati in Kuala Lumpur

Santa's Chapati House is KL's answer to Singapore's Norris Road chapati spot at Azmi Restaurant (cnr Serangoon Rd & Norris Rd).

Freshly-rolled out and griddled-on-the-spot chapatis, served steaming hot with sides of "Blin Gobi" (Punjabi-style spiced cabbage) and "Dum Aloo Gajar" (Punjabi-style potatoes & carrots). Also got a plate of spicy Dhaba chicken - all very good.

Proprietor, Kulwant Singh (son of founder Santa Singh) was a genial, generous man, recently voted by Time Out KL as one of the city's outstanding food personalities - well-deserved, I must say.

Address
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Santa Chapati House
Jalan Tun H.S. Lee,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Tel: +6019 269 9771
Open daily: 6.30am till 6.30pm.

26 minutes ago
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dishoom [London]

Good to hear, howler - definitely coming here the next time I'm in London.

36 minutes ago
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Where to Torpedo Soup in Petaling Jaya or Kuala Lumpur?

You're in luck, ZakiZakaria9 - today's newspapers in KL featured 'Sup Haji Abu Bakar' stall on Jalan Doraisamy which offers your Torpedo Soup.

Jalan Doraisamy is in downtown KL, right next to Sheraton Imperial Hotel - you won't miss it.

about 2 hours ago
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Malacca, Malaysia - Baba Charlie's: Best Nyonya Kuehs in Town

I'm afraid I can't make it for 1st June, Martha. A Malaccan-born aunt has been asking me to go up there with her, but I have another engagement in Singapore on 2nd June which takes priority. Have fun!

about 2 hours ago
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Malacca, Malaysia - Baba Charlie's: Best Nyonya Kuehs in Town

The best Nyonya kuehs in Malacca can be found at Baba Charlie's in Tengkera. Prices are higher here (RM1 per piece, compared to RM0.80 in Jonker St downtown).

Finding Baba Charlie's can be quite a challenge for the uninitiated - it's located in a narrow lane opposite Tengkera Mosque - the landmark you should look out for when driving along Jalan Tengkera.

Once you find Lorong Tengkera Pantai 2C, you'll only be able to drive halfway there before you come across a small opening where a line of cars are parked. Park you car there and walk a few minutes further down the lane - Baba Charlie's house is right at the end of the lane.

The selection of kuehs are amazing and the quality is marvellous - the kuehs actually *taste* better than those I got elsewhere in Malacca.

Address
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Baba Charlie's
72 Lorong Tengkera Pantai 2C
Off Jalan Tengkera Pantai 2
75200 Malacca
Open 10am - 4pm daily, except Thursdays

about 15 hours ago
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Report on 3 days in SIN by a San Francisco hound

It's got a good selection of kueh and cookies which I thought were good. Their Nyonya chang has a home-made flavour which is hard to find anywhere else in Singapore. I don't think the shop was "quaint" at all, but it's conveniently located in Katong, so accessible to the OP who'll be in the neighbourhood. Glory Catering up the road also has a good selection.

FYI, my fave Nyonya kueh spot is Subway Niche @ Wisma Atria.

about 15 hours ago
klyeoh in China & Southeast Asia

Tayyabs, London

Besides the lamb chops mentioned by PhilD, I can think of Pakistani specialties like "Karahi Ghost" (lamb stew), and the traditional "Haleem" (slow-cooked lamb and lentils).

"Nihari" would have been another must-not-miss - usually slow-cooked overnight for maximum flavour - but it's only available on Mondays. I was fortunate to have that when I was last at Tayyabs:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/878427

about 20 hours ago
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Where to Torpedo Soup in Petaling Jaya or Kuala Lumpur?

KL/PJ does not have an iconic spot for sop torpedo, unlike Penang where Hameed's on Penang Rd had held sway for decades.

I'd not heard or seen of any long-standing places in KL/PJ since most Malay warongs are pretty itinerant. Try this spot, or else go to Chow Kit area & check out the row of eateries near the wet market. Good luck!
http://my.openrice.com/klangvalley/re...

about 20 hours ago
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Singapore - Sunday Luncheon at Chui Huay Lim Teochew Cuisine

Lau - I just found out that a Singapore food forum (which I joined recently) uses Quan Xiang Yuan Jing Ji regularly for their chowdowns! Next one is in mid-May - I'll be trying it for the first time!

1 day ago
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Singapore Eats - Researching Choices

You're doing Imperial Treasure Teochew instead of Chui Huay Lim? I think you'll experience a more "Teochew" atmosphere at Chui Huay Lim, where Singapore's Teochew community congregate if they want Teochew food. But getting a reservation at Chui Huay Lim is a real pain, and it's not as conveniently located as Imperial Treasure @ Ngee Ann City.

Imperial Treasure has a Hongkong-inflected style of cooking - I liked the food there a lot, and they are very similar to dishes I'll have when I visit maternal my aunt/cousins in Hong Kong - they are Teochews ("Chiuchow" in Cantonese).

Chui Huay Lim's style of cooking is more Singapore-style Teochew - quite close to what we get in Bangkok Chinatown, where majority of Chinese are also Teochew (called "Taechiu" there) - more rustic and quite similar to what we'll have in the Teochew's homeland: Swatow (Shantou) in China.

Some of the dishes I had in Chui Huay Lim:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/839505

1 day ago
klyeoh in China & Southeast Asia

Singapore Eats - Researching Choices

I'm really bad at keeping up with the Japanese dining scene in Singapore - I was about to recommend SUN Japanese Dining but found out it's just closed a couple of weeks back.

It's sister-restaurant, SUN with MOON @ Wheelock Place, Orchard, is still open though. Very reasonably-priced (definitely < S$100 per head).
http://www.sunwithmoon.com.sg/sun-wit...

1 day ago
klyeoh in China & Southeast Asia

Singapore Eats - Researching Choices

For oyster omelette and white carrot cake, you can give Jackson's @ Old Airport Road Food Centre a try. He also does a mean Singapore-style fried koay teow.

1 day ago
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Singapore Eats - Researching Choices

Maxwell Rd Food Centre has the famous Xing Xing tapioca cake stall, which offers soft, steamed, yellow-hued tapioca cakes coated with freshly-grated coconut. It also offers "onde-onde" (known as "klepon" in Indonesia) which are little green mochi-like dumplings filled with rich, delicious palm sugar ("Gula Melaka"). You must come very early here - 11-ish(?) They sell out very quickly and the stall has an obscenely long queue by noon as the lunch crowd comes in.
http://ieatishootipost.sg/2013/10/xing-xing-tapioca-cake-finally-after.html

If you like durian, do *not* miss Puteri Mas' durian puffs. It's near the intersection of Joo Chiat Rd and East Coast Road in Katong - 10 minutes' stroll from 328 Katong Laksa, and offers singularly the *best-tasting" durian puffs you'll ever have:
http://www.puterimas.com/

1 day ago
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Report on 3 days in SIN by a San Francisco hound

I think you can do two laksa spots at one go - first, do 328 Katong Laksa on East Coast Rd - it's the best-known and the most popular spot. Then, cross the road to Roxy Square, where you'll find Janggut Katong Laksa on the ground floor: it's the *original* Katong laksa.

Walk down East Coast Rd towards Joo Chiat Rd, stop by Kim Choo Kitchen (111 East Coast Rd) and try some Nyonya "kuehs" or desserts (pic below):

1 day ago
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Malacca, Malaysia - Nyonya lunch at Kocik Kitchen, Heeren Street

Kocik Kitchen at Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock (Heeren Street) is one of the top dining destinations in Malacca's historic quarter. The restaurant is "halal" to cater to Muslim tourists and visitors, so you won't find dishes like "Babi Buah Keluak" or "Babi Pongteh" here ("babi" is the Malay word for pork).

Our lunch here consisted of:

- "Kueh pie tee": tasty version here, although the jicama filling could have been more substantial. The chilli also did not deliver as much heat as I expected, and the spike from the local kalamansi lime ("limau kasturi") was missing.

- "Nyonya otak-otak": we actually ordered the "soft" version, using fish fillets, but was served the "hard" version which uses fishcakes (favoured by Malaccan diners) in place of fish fillets (which we Singaporean diners are more used to). Nonetheless, the spicing was correct and the mousse was pretty tasty.

- "Ayam buah keluak": the chicken version of the famous spicy-sour stew, using the Indonesian "kluwek" nuts. The version here was average in taste, but sufficient to satisfy two of my dining companions who are Malaccan Nonyas.

- "Ikan masak assam pedas": very fresh local "belanak" fish cooked in a spicy soup. Not enough torch-ginger ("bunga kantan") used, and the chilli and tamarind content were not assertive enough.

- "Udang goreng gerang assam": this dish was a bit of a let-down - the prawns weren't as fresh as we'd like them to be, and the tamarind flavours here were again diluted. I'm beginning to suspect that Kocik sought to temper its spice content to cater to foreign visitors (from China, Japan and Western countries) who would not be able to take the spice levels which Malaysians/Singaporeans are used to.

- "Chenchalok" omelette - basically a 3-egg omelette flavoured with Malacca's famous native fermented shrimp paste. Not enough "chenchalok" used here.

- "Pucok paku masak sambal belachan": this fern dish was a let-down - the "belachan" (fermented shrimp paste) scent was too faint, the chilli content drastically toned down - with the dish ending up relatively bland.

- "Nyonya laksa": this noodle dish was pretty aromatic and has the correct balance of flavours we were looking for. If I'm to come back to this restaurant, I'll just do the Nyonya laksa here.

Dessert was a selection of traditional Nyonya "kuehs" - various custard-like steamed sweetmeats utilising rice flour, glutinous rice, sweet fragrant local palm sugar ("Gula Melaka"). It turned out to be the best part of our meal here.

Address
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Kocik Kitchen
100, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock (Heeren St)
Malacca
Tel: +6016 929 6605

1 day ago
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Singapore - where to get an apartment, food being #1 priority?

Dorsett Residences @ Outram Park?

1 day ago
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Hong Kong and Beijing Solo Dining

HK's Bo Innovation, which does modern-Chinese, is solo-friendly :-)

In Beijing, I once dined alone at Quanjude Kaoyadian's original outlet in Qianmen - they cater to lone diners wanting to try Peking duck, as small portions are available.

Apr 15, 2014
klyeoh in China & Southeast Asia

Singapore - where to get an apartment, food being #1 priority?

What's your budget like?

Apartment rentals in Singapore can range from S$2,000/US$1,600 per month in the suburbs (HDB estates) to S$7,000/US$5,500 (or more) per month near Orchard areas.

Apr 15, 2014
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Malacca, Malaysia - Best "Kueh Keria" (Malay cassava donuts) from Haji Jalil in Limbongan

Lau - compare the size of a "kueh keria" to its Western cousin, the donut. And finally made it to Haji Jalil's "kueh keria" shop :-)

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/919117

Apr 15, 2014
klyeoh in China & Southeast Asia

Malacca, Malaysia - Good Nyonya lunch at Nancy's Kitchen

I'm sure there are casualties along the way.

Apr 15, 2014
klyeoh in China & Southeast Asia

Malacca, Malaysia - Good Nyonya lunch at Nancy's Kitchen

Nancy's Kitchen has two things going for it:

1) A great location on Jalan Hang Lekir, which links Malacca's main commercial thoroughfare, Jalan Hang Jebat (formerly Jonker Street) and the museum/hotel-lined Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock (formerly Heeren Street) in the heart of Bandar Hilir, Malacca's historic district.

2) Good, no-holds-barred traditional Peranakan-Nyonya cooking. Nancy's Kitchen is also one of the rare Nyonya restaurants which continue to serve pork, a common ingredient in Peranakan/Straits-born Chinese cuisine, whereas many of its contemporaries (e.g. Big Nyonya, Kochi) and older stalwarts (e.g. Nyonya Makko, Ole Sayang) have turned halal to cater to Muslim-Malay and Arab tourists.

What we had for our Sunday lunch:

- Kueh pie tee: crisp pastry shells filled with shredded jicama and pork, topped with julienned egg and crisp shallots, and sweet chilli sauce.

- Otak-otak: steamed then baked spicy fish mousse. I loved this - it was *exactly* like the version served in Singapore's Nyonya restaurants, but hard to find in Malaysia where otak-otak from different states/cities vary significantly.

- Kerabu jantong pisang: my fave dish for this meal - a spicy, milky, coconut-enriched banana flower-blossom salad. I can detect the intoxicating scent of sambal belachan (chilli-fermented shrimp paste) and the sourish tinge from fresh kalamansi lime juice in the dressing.

- Ayam buah keluak: the classic Nyonya chicken stew, heavily-spiced with (lots of) chillis, galangal, turmeric, candlenuts, onions, ginger, garlic, fermented shrimp paste, tamarind juice and, of course, the irreplaceable "buah keluak" nuts from Indonesia. These nuts are toxic in their natural state, and needed to be wrapped in volcanic ash and preserved before use. Before cooking, the nuts needed to be soaked for 3 days, water to be changed/refreshed every day, then scrubbed clean before being cracked open. The insides of the buah keluak have an addictive, intoxicating, truffle-like fragrance and taste.

- Nyonya "lor bak" (or "Ngoh hiang"): didn't quite like the Malaccan version, which incorporated fish paste into the filling (I prefer Penang or Singapore's Hokkien-influenced filling which uses minced pork, scented with Chinese 5-spice)

- Babi pongteh: another Nyonya classic - this pork stew uses fatty batons of pork belly, flavoured with coriander and "taucheo" (fermented brown bean paste). Also included potatoes and Chinese shitake mushrooms.

- Chenchalok omelette: fermented shrimp paste ("chenchalok") incorporated into this egg omelette, giving it a bold, assertive flavour.

Desserts
- Apom balek. The Nyonya version is more akin to Javanese "serabi" than Penang-style apom balek, which would be closer to sweet Indian pancakes.

- Chendol: very good version here due to the use of good quality Gula Melaka (palm sugar) which lent to a sweet fragrance to the shaved ice dessert. Squiggly green, pandan-infused chendol noodles and sweet, stewed red beans were topped with finely-shaved ice, then drenched in coconut milk and drizzled with melted Gula Melaka to complete the dessert.

There's also a huge array of Nyonya sweetmeats and snacks to takeaway:
- Kueh chang, the Nyonya version of Chinese rice dumplings(bakchang). The Nyonya version is sweet-savoury, with candied wintermelon mixed with pork and other ingredients, then heavily-flavoured with coriander, compared to Chinese versions which would not mix sweet and savoury ingredients.
- Rempah udang (banana leaf-wrapped, barbecued glutinous rice with spiced grated coconut filling) and Kueh kochi (glutinous rice flour dumplings with Gula Melaka filling)

Apr 14, 2014
klyeoh in China & Southeast Asia

Tian Tian Hai Nan Ji Fan 天天海南雞飯 – My Favorite Hai Nan Chicken Rice in Singapore

Can't believe it's been 5 years now since we did Tian Tian, Charles:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/599638

I found a fantastic Hainanese chicken rice spot yesterday in Seremban - a town about 45 minutes' drive from Kuala Lumpur. But the crowd was pretty daunting.

Most of the Chinese populace in Seremban are of Hakka ( 客家) descent, so interestingly, even the Hainanese, Cantonese, Chiuchow or Fujianese (Hokkien) folks there speak Hakka, something I also noticed in the neighbouring town of Kajang (which is famous for its satays http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/972264)

Apr 13, 2014
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Kajang, Malaysia - Dinner at the home of Satay in Malaysia

Muar-style otak-otak (spiced fish mousse, wrapped in pine leaves and barbecued over charcoal flames) at Nyok Lan:

Apr 13, 2014
klyeoh in China & Southeast Asia

Kajang, Malaysia - Dinner at the home of Satay in Malaysia

I'd written about how satay started in Kajang (known as Malaysia's "Satay Town") on another thread http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/892504

Dinner was at one of the most popular satay spots in Kajang this evening - Nyok Lan's Satay Kajang, Restoran Malaysia - which started back in 1971 by three siblings: Choi Nyok Lan, Choi Wai and Choi Yok Lin. The crowd there this evening was overwhelming - mainly Chinese clientele wolfing down a traditional Malay food.

Nyok Lan's chicken satays were tender, marinated in a turmeric-heavy blend of spices, and totally skinless - a departure from Malay-style satays where chicken skin were often skewered along with the lean meat to provide additional flavour.

The satay dip here were no different from those served at other major Kajang satay spots - peanutty, topped with chilli oil.

Nyok Lan also serves Muar-style otak-otak - and a very good rendition, too, I must add. Must-not-miss!

Address
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Restoran Malaysia Nyok Lan Satay Kajang
31, Jalan Semenyih
43000 Kajang, Selangor.
Tel: +603-8733 1160
Open daily 10.00 am-11.00 pm, except Tue

Apr 13, 2014
klyeoh in China & Southeast Asia

Malacca, Malaysia - Tua Kor Wantan Noodles, Heeren Street

Founded In 1957 by a "Mah Cheh" (a former Cantonese maid-servant recognizable by her long pig-tail, a characteristic of her community), this wantan noodle outlet is also known as "Mah Cheh wantan noodle" to local Malaccans.

Its official name "Tua Kor" or Eldest Paternal Aunt is because the noodle stall is currently run by her nephew and his wife.

Tua Kor wantan noodles have the perfect al dente texture, and very addictive when drizzled over with their homemade chilli paste - tasty!

The noodles are topped with "char-siu" (Chinese-style BBQ pork), shredded chicken and minced pork-shrimp-filled wantan dumplings. Both were not particularly outstanding.

Address
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Tua Kor Wantan Mee
40 Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock
(formerly Heeren Street)
75200 Malacca
Tel: 06-283 2868

Apr 12, 2014
klyeoh in China & Southeast Asia

Malacca, Malaysia - Chicken rice balls from Famosa

Malacca is the only city in Malaysia where cooked Hainanese-style chicken rice are pulverised and formed into compact tennis-sized balls, to be served with satiny-smooth poached chicken, lightly-flavoured soysauce, sesame oil and chicken stock, with thick dark soysauce, minced ginger and chilli sauce dips.
One of the more popular outlets in Malacca is Famosa on 28-30 Jalan Hang Kasturi, off Jonker Street.

The best-tasting I had here was their Nyonya otak-otak - a steamed spicy fish cake that provides a nice chilli punch to the meal.

Apr 12, 2014
klyeoh in China & Southeast Asia

Malacca, Malaysia - Best "Kueh Keria" (Malay cassava donuts) from Haji Jalil in Limbongan

"Kueh keria" is an absolutely delicious Malay donut made from mashed cassava and wheat flour, rolled in melted palm sugar syrup which, when it solidifies, forms a thick sweet coating around the donut.

The best-known "kueh keria" spot in Malaysia is "Haji Jalil's Kueh Keria" in Limbongan, a district in the historic city of Malacca.

When eaten warm, Haji Jalil's "kueh keria" were crisp on the outside, and deliciously moist on the inside. Haji Jalil's version trumps its rivals and copycat clones nearby with its high content of mashed cassava, giving it a more distinct flavour.

Address details
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Kueh Keria Haji Haji Jalil
(next to Limbongan Mosque)
Jalan Limbongan
75200 Malacca
Malaysia

Apr 12, 2014
klyeoh in China & Southeast Asia

London - Good Chinese restaurants

3 good ones I'd tried in the past year:
- Pearl Liang, Paddington
- Royal China Club on Baker St
- Min Jiang at Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington High St

Apr 11, 2014
klyeoh in U.K./Ireland

Billy Bombers American Diner Ad - Singapore

They do - but for vandalism, etc. The authorities obviously didn't find this offensive.

I remembered being in an upmarket departmental store in Beijing - there was a wall-sized poster of Bill Clinton advertising a local brand of necktie - somehow, I don't think Slick Willie was aware of that arrangement.

Apr 11, 2014
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Billy Bombers American Diner Ad - Singapore

This just seemed sooo wrong! ROFL.

Apr 10, 2014
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